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Alabama High School Heightens Security Following Shooting at Football Game

Several new safety measures such as metal detectors, a clear plastic bag policy and strict entry and exit rules have now been put in place.

After a shooting that injured ten teenagers last week at a Friday night football game in Alabama, the school district is taking steps to make sure the stadium will be “the safest place to be on Friday night.”


Several new safety measures such as metal detectors, a clear plastic bag policy and strict entry and exit rules have now been put in place.


In response to the shooting, Mobile County Public Schools purchased 20 metal detectors at $5,000 apiece to place at entrances of football stadiums, reported AL.com. Metal detector wands will also be used.


“People have the right to go to a football game on a Friday night and feel safe,” Rena Phillips, spokeswoman with the Mobile County Public Schools, told AL.com, which is the state’s largest school system with over 57,000 students.


Additionally, the school district will require uniformed officers to be at all games the entire time.


Those attending football games will no longer be allowed to switch sides for any reason and everyone must buy a ticket regardless of the amount of time remaining in the game.


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